Biodefense Summit on Implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy

On April 17, 2019, national leaders on biodefense will be gathering at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC for the Biodefense Summit on Implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy.  The National Biodefense Strategy, released on September 18, 2018, sets the course for the United States to combat the serious biothreats our country faces,Continue reading “Biodefense Summit on Implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy”

2nd Biorisk Management Symposium of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Network

I was pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in BIORIM 2019 this week in Tunis, Tunisia.  BIORIM 2019 was the 2nd Biorisk Management Symposium of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Regional Network.  The symposium aimed to strengthen and enhance biorisk management in the region through two days of interactive workshops andContinue reading “2nd Biorisk Management Symposium of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Network”

Avian Influenza Training and Response Planning in the Dominican Republic

Like India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Russia, the Dominican Republic is experiencing another outbreak of avian influenza.  Fortunately, unlike the other countries, the Dominican Republic is battling a low pathogenic strain of the virus. I am pleased to be in the Dominican Republic this week supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and the Dominican poultry industryContinue reading “Avian Influenza Training and Response Planning in the Dominican Republic”

African Swine Fever Depopulation, Disposal and Disinfection (3D) Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine

Last week I had the great privilege of participating in a workshop to discuss Depopulation, Disposal, and Disinfection (3D) activities needed to respond to outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Ukraine and its border-neighbors including Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Belarus and Poland.  The workshop was held in Lviv, Ukraine. ASF is a devastating andContinue reading “African Swine Fever Depopulation, Disposal and Disinfection (3D) Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine”

National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT)

On Monday I had the great honor of presenting to the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT).  The meeting was held in Washington, D.C. at the White House Conference Center. For those of you who don’t know (and this included me until I was ask to participate), the NationalContinue reading “National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT)”

6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management

The 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management was held in Amarillo, Texas from June 3 – 7, 2018.  This triennial symposium was established in 2005 as an opportunity for researchers and policy makers to learn about the latest research, educational programs, and technologies available for animal mortality management.  This, like previous symposia, was an ambitiousContinue reading “6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management”

2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM2018)

  I’ve just returned from 3 weeks of nearly continuous travel and am finally able to reflect on my experiences.  The first week of June I traveled to Amarillo, Texas for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality.  I spent the second week of June in South Korea for the 2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy,Continue reading “2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM2018)”

Operationalizing the One Health through the Global Health Security Agenda

The threat of infectious diseases like avian influenza, ebola and swine flu continue to increase.  To respond to and prevent these threats we must increase coordination between human and animal health practitioners.  One effort towards a coordinated global response is the Global Health Security Initiative. Lean more about this initiative in the May 2018 editionContinue reading “Operationalizing the One Health through the Global Health Security Agenda”

Registration is open for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management

I spent several days last week in beautiful Amarillo, Texas preparing for the Symposium.  In addition to scoping out the Symposium venue, restaurants and tour sites, my colleagues and I helped set up the composting demos.  More on that to come.  I am looking forward to seeing everybody in Amarillo!  Register soon and start yourContinue reading “Registration is open for the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management”

Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course

I am thrilled to be participating in the 10th annual Emergency Poultry Disease Response and Certificate Course held at the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark, Delaware.  The course combines science, policy, and hands on experience in the key areas involved in emergency response for animal agriculture.  I am honoredContinue reading “Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course”